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how to store fresh galangal

i went to an asian supermarket last week and bought a large knob of galangal. how should i store it so i can use it over the next few month? i don't gest to this market often

asked by alienor over 5 years ago

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added over 5 years ago

You should be able to freeze it as you can with ginger. You can cut it into smaller pieces and store them in a container or ziplock bag in the freezer. It's easy to peel and grate while still frozen.

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added over 5 years ago

Dont know that it will last "months"..weeks maybe. I store mine just in the veg bin, like ginger. You could always try freezing it in chunks or cutting and storing it in sherry (like ginger). I've purchased dried galangal powder - you might dry it but i dont think all the flavor remains.

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added over 5 years ago

OOOH, Lucky you! Slice it thin and freeze it for long term use.

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added over 5 years ago

I learned about freezing ginger from food52, so when I found some fresh turmeric (in Putney VT!), I also put that in the freezer, where they are doing quite well in small zip lock bags. Galangal is in the same family, so it should do just as well. I've got my eye out for it...

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added over 5 years ago

Ask a local Asian market that specializes in Thai foods. I never see it fresh here and I specifically have to ask for it because its a chest freezer in vac pacs at that store kinda hidden away from the display freezer section.
I find a little goes a long way for a thai green curry. While it's like ginger and that's a good sub, it has a bit of a numbing effect like schezwan peppercorn to me, which can be overwhelming in large does.

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